Many corporations are really hurting right now as people stay home, shops shut down, and normal life comes to a halt due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. However, people are finding a limited supply of sympathy for them, wondering why they spent their money on things like stock buybacks instead of saving up for a rainy day like they tend to admonish their lowest-paid workers to do.
It doesn’t help that some of these corporations are refusing to shut down shops and warehouses when they should, failing to implement appropriate sanitation protocols, and relying on their lowest-paid workers to keep things running under risk without giving them paid sick leave or hazard pay. This has resulted in multiple national strikes within companies like Amazon and Instacart.
Not to mention certain companies that have been nickel-and-diming their customers at every opportunity while making their planes increasingly uncomfortable and now suddenly they want us to bail them out. Many colleges and universities are also included, because they pretty much act like heartless corporations when it comes to their money.
If you’ve had it with corporate whining while actual human beings are dying, these tweets are for you:
Legally speaking, a corporation is a person. So any #CorporateBailout should be limited to $1200
— Michael Dwell (@MDowellEdTech) March 27, 2020
— KING KEV (@Mr__Soto) March 28, 2020
Capitalism 1970: " work hard, you too can be rich "
Capitalism 1990: " work hard & a few crumbs will fall down "
Capitalism 2020: " you should be willing to die in order to save the economy for the top percent "
Are you guys still all in for this?
— The Special K ???????????? (@IamKarenBoBaran) March 25, 2020
As a college student I have been
~ laid off my part time job
~ denied unemployment
~ left out of the COVID-19 relief package
~ left out of my parents relief package
~ rejected from multiple jobs bc online class schedule
~ gotten 0 refund from my tuition and housing
— isabella o’connor (@isaroconnor) March 29, 2020
Wow, this guy just keeps getting lucky! pic.twitter.com/MY1wdIMm7k
— tim (not Australian) (@PostinMonkey) March 27, 2020
too bad they don't have any empty hotel rooms nearby… ????
— Christy Fletcher (@FletcherChristy) March 30, 2020
This one's a real head-scratcher. pic.twitter.com/f0mUAvCk1K
— Juhana Leinonen (@JuhanaIF) March 24, 2020
I think this needs to be expressly said:
Do NOT follow the instructions of the government.
Do NOT return to work even if you don’t feel sick.
Do NOT end social distancing even if you can’t stand it anymore.
Do NOT die on behalf of capitalism.
F-That. F-Them. Kiss our ass
— Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) March 24, 2020
As a former secretary of labor, I can tell you that the airlines don't deserve a $50 billion bailout.⁰ In the last 10 years, they spent 96% of their cash flow to buy back shares of their own stock in order to boost executive bonuses.
They shouldn't see a dime of taxpayer money.
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) March 21, 2020
isn't it weird that people living paycheck to paycheck are supposed to have months worth of savings for emergencies while billion dollar corporations are so poorly managed they're on the brink of bankruptcy after a week of reduced profits
— Veggietales Facts (@Veggiefact) March 22, 2020
Airlines: $35 to put your bag on our plane
Airlines: $16 for bag of chips
Airlines: Sorry you want your *legs* to fit? $75
Airlines: haha, you have to fork over an extra $50 to choose the seat you already paid for
Airlines: Oh no someone help us we r out of monies
— MelsLien (@MelsLien) March 20, 2020
If your job is so "essential" that you can't get off for a killer global pandemic, you deserve $15 an hour and a union.
— holly (@girlziplocked) March 18, 2020
Funny how all of these ‘low-skilled’ jobs (cleaners, delivery drivers, retail assistants) that so many look down upon are now on the frontline holding society together whilst we work from home.
Those jobs aren’t low-skilled, they’re essential and they should be paid as such.
— Matthew Thompson (@matthewtgreens) March 17, 2020
Maybe we should announce a bailout of the airlines and then keep delaying it until finally we cancel and give them hotel vouchers.
— Ryan Calo (@rcalo) March 24, 2020
The man who owns this company makes nine million dollars an hour https://t.co/vcKxeGIkjE
— Meagan Day (@meaganmday) March 13, 2020
Amazon — the richest corporation in the world, which paid almost no taxes last year — is offering UNPAID time off for workers who are sick and just 2 weeks paid leave for workers who test positive for the virus. Meanwhile, it demands mandatory overtime.
Shame on Jeff Bezos.
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) March 17, 2020
Airlines in 2019: Your baggage is 1kg over? That’ll be $150. And no you can’t sit next to your wife, idiot.
Airlines in 2020: hewwow ???? wemeber us? we’ve got a favour to ask ????????????
— Bea_ker (@bea_ker) March 18, 2020
Did you know:
Harvard has a 40.9 BILLION dollar endowment—the largest in America
Yet it just laid off at least 275 dining hall workers to “cut costs”
Wait—they once paid Elizabeth Warren $400k to teach ONE class but they can’t provide paid sick leave to low wage workers?
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) March 25, 2020
Even ISIS is telling their employees to work from home but your employer is telling you to come in? Damn https://t.co/c0yCUyLEpi
— Cooktherice (@Cooktherice) March 16, 2020
All the major cruise lines are asking for bailouts from the U.S. Government.
Yet, Disney Cruises sails under the Bahamian flag … Celebrity Cruises under Liberian/Maltese flags & Carnival Cruises under the Panamanian flag – all to avoid U.S. taxes & employment law
— Sabrina McDaniel (@Sabrina_McDa) March 22, 2020
Okay have permission to reveal it was @BirdRide. WITH A PRE-RECORDED MESSAGE. Fuming. ????????????
— Julia Black (@mjnblack) March 27, 2020